- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2001

The anti-war misfits are coming to the District this weekend to give peace a chance. They obviously have misinterpreted the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, orchestrated as it was by Osama bin Laden and his whacked-out followers. They obviously are mixed up.
If they want to give peace a chance, they need to go to Kabul, Afghanistan, where, hopefully, their message would be embraced by bin Laden and his Taliban protectors.
Perhaps, in a best-case scenario, the Taliban, bin Laden and the misfits would join hands and sing, "We are the World."
You never know.
I do know the District is not the place to be if the misfits really want to give peace a chance.
They should have learned that in grade school from the schoolyard ruffians inclined to deliver a punch in the nose to classmates. They should have learned that you do not go to the victim with the message of peace. You go to the source of the attack.
Jane Fonda said last week she wants to understand the motivation of the terrorists. Good, old Hanoi Jane. She wants to understand. She wants to discover the underlying causes of the evil. Before you know it, in Hanoi Jane's nutty world, bin Laden could wind up being a victim of American society.
I hope Hanoi Jane is up to a trip to Kabul, where she could reprise her alliance with the Vietcong and pose in front of a Taliban tank or anti-aircraft gun.
Being a creature of Hollywood, Hanoi Jane understands the benefit of a great photo opportunity, aided by the Taliban's progressive view of women. Hanoi Jane would not have to worry about how the lighting hits her aging face. She would be covered in clothing from head to toe, as all women in Afghanistan are. The Taliban might allow her to hold a flower, although you can't be certain. The Taliban leaders have a lot of interesting laws, to say the least.
The anti-war misfits should be taking notes if they are only stopping in Washington before heading to Kabul. I hope they don't mind the inconvenience of Reagan National Airport being closed. That goes with the fear across America. The fear probably is an overreaction in the view of the misfits.
If only we give peace a chance, we can sort all this out and go back to our lives before Sept. 11. Right. Just give peace a chance.
The number of dead from the attack is approximately 7,000. But give peace a chance. There is only rubble where the World Trade Center towers used to stand. But give peace a chance. The Pentagon has a hole in it. But give peace a chance. There's a crater in Shanksville, Pa. But give peace a chance.
It probably is a good thing the misfits were not around in Hitler's day. They probably would have wanted to understand Hitler's hang-up with the Jews. They probably would have wanted to give peace a chance. Such a sentiment might have been opposed by the survivors of the concentration camps and their descendants. Maybe they wouldn't be around today.
It is hard to say if the misfits are partial to breathing. You might reasonably ask: Which part of the carnage don't they understand? Do they need another attack to have a sense of clarity?
As it is, they are coming to the nation's capital to chant, "An eye for an eye and the world goes blind." They are coming to chant: "One, two, three, four, we don't want your racist war." They are coming to be a pathetic parody of the Vietnam War era.
Try not to be angry with them. They have a right to be dimwitted, even if it insults the memory of the dead and their families and costs taxpayer money that could be better spent elsewhere. Given the mood of the country, Mayor Anthony A. Williams and other D.C. officials are obligated to make their visit a safe one.
We wish the misfits the best.
Break a leg, as is said in show business.
We hope Washington is merely a warm-up engagement before they take their show to Kabul.
If the misfits do go there, however, a word of advice: Try to avoid a trip to the soccer stadium. That's where the Taliban leaders deliver a bullet to the back of the head of those they deem to be misfits.

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